SUSPIRIA Review – ****

In one sense, this review comes too late, as Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror film has long since vanished from theaters in the face of wildly mixed reviews and, after a promising first weekend in limited release, minimal box office response. But in another sense, it might always have been too…

2019 Awards Season Schedule

As we prepare to head into the new year, here’s what you can expect to see in the first two months: February 18: My 8th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees February 23: My 10 Best Films of 2018 February 23: The Films of 2018 in Brief: Part III February 24: My 8th Annual Film Awards:…

Oscar Shortlists: 2018

So the Academy has released a set of shortlists for the upcoming Oscars, which will help us predict the nominees in several major categories. But right now, I’m more interested in grousing about what didn’t make the cut. I am what I am. So let’s get started. First off is Best Original Score.

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards: 2018

My hometown (well, adopted hometown) awards group announced their winners yesterday, and damn right I’m going to share the results with you. A long-time friend of mine is a member of the Circle, and I’ll attribute all the best decisions to them. Luckily, there seem to be a few. Best Picture (TIE): The Favourite and…

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 Review – ***½

Of course a film so haunted by the fear of death would be so full of life, but can a film set in Paris in the summer be otherwise? Cléo (Corinne Marchand, splendid) lives a free-spirited, impulsive life, her mood changing from light to dark almost with every breath—and with the fear of what the…

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations: 2018

The guilds are coming, the guilds are coming… And God help us. It’s the SAG awards nominees. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody Crazy Rich Asians A Star is Born

Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations: 2018

And now we have the Critics’ Choice Awards. Again, they’re not a perfect Oscar prognosticator, as they have seven nominees apiece in the lead acting categories and six in supporting (and more than five almost everywhere else), but they help to push things along and form some kind of consensus. Admittedly, I feel more detached from the…

L.A. & Chicago Film Critics Awards Winners: 2018

This past weekend, the L.A. Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics both announced their awards winners, Chicago the day after announcing their nominees. The LAFCA awards are generally held to be at least some kind of Oscar barometer, at least partly based on proximity; as for Chicago’s awards, I’m profiling them in part…

AT ETERNITY’S GATE Review – ***½

If the trailers make At Eternity’s Gate look, all in all, like another prestigiously digestible biopic of a great artist, that notion is dispelled almost immediately by the film itself, which shows the influence of Harmony Korine and latter-day Godard far more than the Oscar-bait playbook. The distorted camerawork, fragmented narrative structure (with frequent jarring…

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT Review – ****

While talking over The House That Jack Built with my father—who did not see and has no intention of seeing this film—he suggested that it sounded like a von Trier film for “von Trierests,” as apt a summation of this film as I could ever conjure. As a von Trierest myself, I thought pretty damn…